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MetroWest Health Foundation, Inc.

Responsibility, Resources, Results

Framingham, MA   |  www.mwhealth.org

Mission

The Mission of the MetroWest Health Foundation is to improve the health status of the community, its individuals, and families through informed and innovative leadership

Ruling year info

1965

President/CEO

Mr. Phillip O Gonzalez

Main address

161 Worcester Rd Ste 202

Framingham, MA 01701 USA

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Formerly known as

MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation

EIN

04-2121342

NTEE code info

Private Independent Foundations (T22)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The MetroWest Health Foundation works to improve the health of residents within our twenty-five communities. We do this through grantmaking, research and data collection, convening, and training and technical assistance. Over the next five years, the foundation will build a future in which MetroWest residents live and thrive in resilient, healthy and equitable communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

MetroWest Health Leadership Program

The MetroWest Health Leadership Program is a six-month knowledge and skill-building program is designed to change the way local health executives, managers and officials think and act as leaders. Through a curriculum that includes presentations, discussion and practicum work, participants gain a better understanding of their own leadership styles and how they can use their leadership skills to improve health and health care in their communities. Classes are taught by leading experts in their respective fields of knowledge, capitalizing on the rich talents the region has to offer.
Ten individuals comprise each class, which runs from January through June. Topic areas include personal leadership, communication, strategic thinking, negotiation and coalition building. In addition, students participate in a project that seeks to build on classroom work through the creation of a strategic and creative

Population(s) Served
Adults

The foundation provides grants to community programs working to improve health in the MetroWest Region of Massachusetts.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Scholarships are available to students who live in one of the 25 towns in our MetroWest service area and have been accepted into an eligible nursing, medical or clinical program at an accredited academic institution.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A biennial survey of middle & high school students across 25 communities to understand health and risk behaviors

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Council on Foundations - Member 2024

Grantmakers in Health 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Median grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of organizations applying for grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Total dollar amount of scholarships provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1) Ensure that basic health needs of residents are met.
2) Advance health equity across communities and organizations.
3) Foster innovation in the delivery of health and social services.
4) Facilitate information sharing and learning.
5) Better integrate the delivery of health, social and community services.
6) Develop resourceful and effective leaders.

1) Grants for operating support to key organizations providing basic health services.
2) Training on diversity, equity and inclusion.
3) Advocacy on key policies and actions that address the needs of low-income and marginalized populations.

These goals and strategies will be pursued through our annual grant making, technical assistance, research and convening resources. We will pursue these goals and strategies in collaboration with existing community providers, groups and individuals who share our interest and concern about these issues.

1) Health Equity Grants to local organizations
2) Core funding to establish an Equity Training Center in the region
3) Published Inclusive Communities: a Guidebook for Advancing Health Equity
4) $5.9 million in Basic Health Need Funding supporting key safety-net agencies
5) Creation of the MetroWest Care Connection - a hub connecting health and social service providers to improve access to care
6) 2023 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey - a census of the risk behaviors of 40,000 middle and high school students
8) Over $1.95 million in grants specifically targeting needs resulting from COVID-19

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MetroWest Health Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Anna Cross

Anna Cross

Kathleen Herrman

Carol Gloff

John Corron

Lino Covarrubias

James Hicks

Claire Levesque

Gillian Carcia

Mari Barrera

Cheryl Aglio-Girelli

Robert Sousa

Paula Kaminow

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/12/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/04/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.